Formed as an acoustic duo in 1998, the Trespassengers were originally conceived as a creative outlet for singer-songwriters Sam Weight and Todd Slater, who at the time were playing with other more rock-oriented bands. Their collaboration produced a wealth of material in the contemporary acoustic/alt-country genre, and after experimenting with different line-ups and instrumentation, the core of the current band was established in 2003, including Mike Francisco on bass, Ned Berry on fiddle, and Brian Lang on drums. After Mike’s tragic death in May 2006, Sam’s former bandmate Matt Miller joined on bass and the Trespassengers have continued to hone their sound, beginning work on a new recording to be released in 2007.
Drawing on both classic influences such as The Who, Neil Young, The Band, and The Eagles, and modern ones such as Wilco, Son Volt, The Eels, My Morning Jacket, Camper Van Beethoven, and the Jayhawks, the Trespassengers have stayed true to their singer-songwriter format, combining elements of traditional Americana with modern sonic textures. Younger audiences appreciate the combination of honest, introspective lyrics and a sound that is refreshing in contrast with much of today’s alternative rock, and older audiences appreciate the Trespassengers novel take on the “classic rock” genre.
As described by the band, the Trespassengers play “Music that isn't brazen, or over the top in anyway. Just a few chords strung together that stick in your head, the kind you find yourself whistling days later.”